OSAGE BEACH, Mo. -- The ATF raided a local gun store Tuesday morning citing an alleged violation of federal gun law.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives executed a federal search warrant at 8:30 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 9, on Skelton Tactical in Osage Beach, Mo.
Jim Skelton, who picked up the phone and spoke with LakeExpo as the raid was happening, said the warrant was for an alleged charge of selling a firearm without a background check.
The ATF, citing an ongoing investigation, would not confirm the pending charge on Tuesday.
“They said I sold a gun without a background check, but what I sold was a 1898 Krag–Jørgensen, and it doesn’t have to have a background check,” Skelton said.
Skelton also said, and the ATF confirmed, guns were being confiscated as part of the raid.
“They’re here to confiscate my guns. They’re putting them all in the trailer and they’re going to take off with them,” Skelton said. “It’s against my constitutional rights."
An ATF spokesman said that the investigation was limited to this one store and the agency had been working on the investigation, “for some time.”
The raid occurred without coordination from local law enforcement.
“There have been no arrests today," an ATF spokesman said. "This investigation today was to serve a search warrant, and no one is currently in federal custody."
Despite the raid, Skelton says they planned on being open Wednesday.
“I’ll be selling ammunition,” Skelton said.